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Holiday Gift Challenge

November 5 – December 16

$5 Challenge Fee to participate, regular class pricing applies.

Do you find the holiday season to be a head spinning time when all routines are hijacked? Us too! Join us for our simple Holiday Gift Challenge where you can maintain a regular practice and earn a holiday gift to pass on.

Attend two classes a week for the six weeks from November 5th through December 16th. In the spirit of steadiness, to complete the challenge it must be 2 classes per week (Monday-Sunday), not 12 classes in 2 weeks.

All who complete the challenge will receive 2 Free Class Passes to give to anyone who has never been to ODY before. These can be used by the same person or 2 separate people as long as they attend the same class together.

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Foraging Group Ride

Every Saturday in October at 2pm

ODY → Dorothea Dix → Farmer’s Market → Boulted Bread → ODY

Join us all four Saturdays in October for a Foraging Group Bike Ride. We will leave Open Door Yoga Studio at 2:00pm (so arrive a little early please) and leisurely ride to the Farmer’s Market, weaving through the beautiful Dorothea Dix Park. There everyone is invited to grab a snack or produce should they want to make it a grocery trip. By 3:15 we will head back to the studio stopping off at Boulted Bread to complete our food stocking.

All are welcome to join us as we enjoy the beautiful fall weather, biking our fabulous city, locally sourced food, and time with each other! Please be sure to wear your helmet since we will be riding on streets and along traffic and bring a bag that will make transporting your produce easy.

Spaciousness As A Practice

In class, you will often hear us asking you to back off of depth or to not chase the stretching sensation. We know that this contradicts what many of us have heard for years in yoga classes; that it goes against the idea that more movement is better for our joints and physiological health. We have been inundated with the notion of opening our hips or shoulders, opening our hearts and our minds. For every person that needs a bit more available movement in their joints, there are just as many people that need less movement or “openness” to reduce pain and discomfort. Stability and mobility cannot exist without one another.

The trick is finding the balance between those two states that allow our bodies to operate with efficiency and power. When we find that sweet spot we will often feel “spacious”. The power will add an element of weightlessness. We feel unburdened and fluid. The efficiency will make us feel more energetic as if our endurance has multiplied. And while there is definitely work and lots of practice time involved in this process, I have found that it’s mostly a task of changing perspective. Of backing off of ourselves in the mental realm. Of giving ourselves SPACE to figure out where our sweet spot is. Often when we take public classes, we will bypass our built-in guardrails in order to do as we are told or to get a teachers approval.

We can so easily get carried away in the momentum of practicing amongst others. We strive to be good students and have been conditioned all of our lives that that means doing as we are told and believing someone else over ourselves when it comes to what our bodies need. We have also been led to believe that getting to a certain point of flexibility or strength is the goal. What happens if we redefine these arbitrary definitions and flip the perspective?

When you step back and give yourself some space, you can leave the definitions of success and achievement up to your own needs. Success can be finally learning the signals your nervous system is sending you to stop moving at a certain depth in a backbend and actually abiding by that. Therefor nurturing your spine rather than forcing it to fit into a meaningless shape. Success can be staying in final savasana until your system is calm and rested. Just the process of learning the difference between being tired and being calm can be a huge achievement in the path of learning how to care for yourself. When we are able to pause and give ourselves space in the mental realm that is always narrating a list of “must do’s” and “must be’s” we can learn to sense where we are, what we need and what is really happening. With clearer information, we are able to make different decisions about how to use the toolbox of our physical practice.

Many people have reached out about the changing business structure with so much support and interest in why I am turning towards a smaller class size for Open Door classes. For several years, I have struggled on a heart level with WHY I was still trying to get 35 or more people into a class. Why had I created a studio model dependent on that to stay alive? I finally stepped back from my incessant drive to become what I thought I was supposed to become and really looked and felt deeply about where that drive was coming from. In the heart of that, I realized it was contradicting everything in the internal world that made me feel productive and happy. I redefined “success” in my head based on the interactions that made me feel like the teacher I wanted to be. Listening to those signals and paying attention to feedback from my system required going past a healthy point in my relationship with my business. In other words, I had to keep pushing in the wrong direction until I knew for sure it wasn’t the right direction. Once I knew, it was so freeing and liberating. I felt like I had cracked a cryptic code. Inside this spaciousness of knowing what needed to change to continue to nurture the community relieved a huge burden of trying to force a square peg into a round hole, so to speak.

The funny irony is that in order to keep moving towards that spaciousness I have invited in more people, more practitioners, and teachers in order to support the community. Sometimes less space frees us from the constant cycle of trying to fill it. In our physical practice, ending the quest for more depth can often leave you in a shape or position where you have more power and ability to sense clearly. The next time you are in a posture and you feel the urge to go deeper and chase that feeling of stretch, try giving yourself some space instead.

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New Year’s Eve Class 2017

December 31
3-5PM
$30 / $24 for members

Space limited to 40 people
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Building Resilience for 2018

Join us for Open Door’s last class of the year as we learn from the past and build resilience together towards healing and growth in 2018!

Resilience helps us adapt to life’s inevitable changes through problem solving, identifying strengths, and building support. In this class, you will deliberately challenge, empower and restore your whole system as we say goodbye to 2017. The room will be moderately heated as we move through a creative twist on our Hot 90 sequence of postures and breathing.

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Shop in Your Sock Feet Holiday Event

Saturday, December 9th
1pm-4pm

Join us at Open Door for our first ever SHOP IN YOUR SOCK FEET EVENT. Our talented community members are coming together on December 9th to share their wares for public purchase. We will have handmade scarves, hand turned wooden bowls, sugar scrub, essential oil blends and we’ll be serving hot cider.

Additionally, Open Door has adopted a family in need that we will be helping throughout the year a portion of the proceeds from this event will be for that family.

 

90 Day Challenge

DETAILS

STARTS:  Monday,  January 9th. You can sign up anytime before January 30th, 2017.
ENDS: 90 Days (13 weeks) from your start date.
PASSES: Use the code Challenge2017 for a 15% discount on our 3 month unlimited pass, or use your current unlimited membership.

All regular classes on our schedule are eligible.

Sign up by adding your name to our Challenge Board in the studio.

THREE LEVELS

This year, we’re offering three levels. Choose to complete 26, 52 or 78 classes in 90 days. In other words, commit to coming 2, 4 or 6 times per week.

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Join the Open Door community in it’s 8th annual 90 Day Challenge. Pick your own level of intensity and meet yourself on the mat! This is not about losing weight or fixing yourself, it’s about stepping up the self-care game. Making the time and honoring the commitment to do the things that have long term benefit rather than short term instant gratification. Maybe it will encourage you to try new things (even better!) and meet new friends who have the same intentions and values. We are all about the big picture and using this Challenge as a way to make big change happen one little step at a time.

Every year we celebrate the end of the challenge with a party and treats for those who participated and those who met the challenge. Extra treats for folks who do not double up to meet the challenge!

Full Circle New Years Eve Class

Saturday, December 31st | 3-5pm
$25 ($20 for members)

Class limited to 30 people. Pre-registration required.

This all levels class will include moderate heat, pranayama, traditional hot yoga, creative sequences and restorative massage ball work. We will take our time and visit all the places in the mind and body to challenge, empower and restore your whole system. Join us for Open Door’s last class of 2016 as we come Full Circle in our path towards healing and growth.

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Open Door is turning 9!

We’d like to thank you all for supporting us over the last nine years and invite you to join us for an anniversary celebration.  We’d also like to use this celebration as an opportunity to give back to the community.

Please join us for any of our three anniversary classes on May 7th.  A small donation is requested, and all proceeds will go towards a scholarship fund to help practitioners who need financial assistance.

Community Classes

Free/Donation requested
10am | Hot 90
12pm | Release and Move
3pm   | Hot Vinyasa

Anniversary Party

Please bring a pot luck dish and your beverage of choice. Dessert will be provided. Plus 90 Day Challenge shirts and a raffle drawing!
5-7pm

Be My Sweaty Valentine

Do you want to show appreciation to a family member, friend or other loved one this holiday? If so, ask them to ‘Be My Sweaty Valentine.’

On February 14th all Open Door yoga classes* will welcome buy-one get-one visits for you and your Valentine. Simply bring a new student to class with you on Valentine’s Day and we will comp their first practice. What better way to say ‘I love you’ than with an introduction to a healthy practice.

All guests must be accompanied by a current student.
Offer good February 14, 2016 only.
*Kettle bell classes not included in promotion.

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